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QUICK TAKE-- White House Announces Sale of $30B Worth of F-15s to Saudi Arabia

The White House announced the sale of almost $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in the latest sign of U.S. concern about Iran's nuclear program.

In recent days, Washington and its Persian Gulf ally signed a formal agreement to send 84 new Boeing F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia, and upgrades for 70 more already in the Saudi fleet, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said in a statement. The deal, valued at $29.4 billion, will also include munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistical support.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

2011's Top Comeback Kids

As 2012 approaches, we've been bringing you our series of year end posts/recaps (see our Year in Media and Biggest Twitter Losers) and today, we present the top five comeback attempts of 2011 in the statewide races.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

What Iowa Campaign Buses Say About Their Candidates

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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Google Beats Facebook as Top Internet Site, Apple Grabs Headlines

Google was the top Internet destination in 2011, according to CNET.

Apple dominated the top business headlines in 2011,  The Wall Street Journal says.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

Criminal Charges for Gulf Spill Readied Against BP -- Report

The Justice Department is preparing the first criminal charges against British oil giant BP in connection to the devastating Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 that killed 11 workers and sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

The Top Women-Owned Influence Shops

Everybody loves a year-end list. But instead of the traditional year in review, we decided to look at some of the top women-owned lobbying and public affairs firms in town.

In a wholly unscientific survey, we called around to some of the queens of K Street to get a bead on the most respected, and buzzed about, firms. So, in no particular order, here are the top vote getters and, if they are lobbying shops, their income so far this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics:

Point Blank Public Affairs: Amy Weiss and Debra DeShong Reed

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:40am

Union Leader Publisher: Ron Paul Is Truly Dangerous

Joseph W. McQuaid, publisher of The Union Leader in New Hampshire has published an editorial referring to Ron Paul's policies on national security as "truly dangerous." 

McQuaid calls Paul's position that Qaida terrorists caught in the United States should be tried as common criminals rather than enemy combatants "nuts." 

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:40am

How to Succeed in Iowa Without Really Trying

The big story on Wednesday -- well, insofar as there was one -- was Rick Santorum's continued surge in the polls. The reason anyone is talking about Santorum, whose boost still brings him to only third place in Time's poll, is that they're bored of talking about Mitt Romney. But the pair of candidates actually provide a useful case study in trying to understand the dynamics of the GOP race so far.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:40am

Swing State Job Trends Point to Trouble for Obama

The national unemployment rate is not good for the president’s reelection campaign. And if Team Obama digs a bit deeper, it will find something even worse, exactly where it matters – the swing states.

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:40am

The Year in Media

2011 was a year of upheaval in the media, with small outfits and blogs breaking major news, major players fleeing their network homes, troubles at News Corp. and the New York Times erecting a pay wall. As the year comes to a close, here are the top 11 biggest media trends of 2011 and what they might mean for 2012:

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:40am